“Not everyone needs to be a hiker [or runner, biker, hockey player, or triathlete], but using “not my thing” is too convenient. Activities that even momentarily cause discomfort, that don’t provide immediate positive feedback, are subtracted from the realm of experience. We are outraged when we are constrained by others, but willfully, unwittingly put limits on ourselves.” – David Miller, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
All the grandparents came up for a birthday party for Katie. First thing this morning we noticed that we had a small roof leak in Peter’s bedroom due to an ice dam. Bob, dad, and I all got up on the roof and shoved off all the snow, uncovered a large ice dam right over where the leak is, and we managed to get down safely.
We had a nice party for Katie. Jen made dinner and cupcakes and ice cream. Katie had fun, but both her and Jen were not feeling 100%.
Ended the day with the AA Championship hockey game on TV. Edina vs Lakeville North.
You know what I’ve discovered? In order to make progress at anything, you actually have to take action. Wanting to do something, wanting to accomplish something, wanting to be better, all of the ambition in the word do you no good unless you take action. Radical I know.
1. In order for me to finish school I actually need to do the work and get it done. Aspiring to be a good student does not complete my papers for me.
2. To get in better shape, I have to get to the gym and work out. Wanting to be in better shape does nothing to get me closer to my goal.
3. Being healthier actually requires eating better food, not just thinking about eating better food. Reading about eating well does not improve the quality of the food I eat.
These are not difficult concepts and yet I struggle with accepting them as fact.
Results demand action.
Great results demand bold action.
Mediocrity demands nothing and gives nothing.
I don’t want to be mediocre anymore.
Cold start to the day, -15F when I walked out the door at 6:20 this morning. Tired of the cold and snow – need some warm weather and some sun. Need some other stuff too – motivation, ambition. I need some drive.
I need a kick in the butt.
I need to turn over a new leaf and get back in the gym, running, and being active. Without a doubt, I’m getting fat again – I’ve told myself at least one thousand times that I would never go back to where I was and yet I find myself heading back down that same path. Eating crap, not moving, thinking about doing stuff but never actually doing it. I know what I need to do and I still struggle to get on the right path – excuses, lies, and laziness are keeping me from excelling in life and being the happy, healthy person I should be – and once was.
I’ve come to realize that I’ve let too many things go over the last couple of years – CrossFit, running, and other stuff – all set to the side and given up on – or at least paused. Not sure why. I still have interest in these things. I still listen to fitness podcasts, still pay attention to the CrossFit Games, still like the thought of running and exercising, I like to think I can still push myself as hard as I did when I was running marathons and 30 pounds lighter. I’m actually not sure why my health has dropped on my priority list.
I am busy, without a doubt, but no more so than when I was more active, in better shape physically and mentally, and overall happier. No busier than when I found it possible to roll out of bed at 4:30 am four or five days a week for CrossFit. No busier then when I would spend my early Sunday mornings on a 2 or 3 hour long run around the Woodbury trails preparing for a marathon. No busier then when I found it possible to run at lunch along the river on warm summer days. I’m no busier today then when I found time to write for http://www.completerunning.com, complete my school work, and still do great things at work. I have no more going on today than I did when I was writing on http://www.engelsrud.com regularly and finding enjoyment in putting words on paper (in a virtual sort of way) – sharing my ramblings with no one in particular but still finding it rewarding. No busier than when I would rather go run then sit on the couch. No busier.
And yet, I still can’t “find the time” to do these things I used to always have time to do.
The truth of the matter is, I do have time. I do have the means. I do have everything necessary to be successful in living an active and healthy lifestyle.
What I need to do now is go do it.
I’ve been looking for something to get me going again and fire me up a little bit.
I think I’ve found it.
I just signed up for the GORUCK Challenge – an 8 to 10 hour excursion (for lack of a better word) with a group of about 30 people and one former special forces military ass kicker leading the way. We will start somewhere in Minneapolis on April 4th at 9:00 pm and run/walk/hike our way around the city to the tune of about 20 miles. Along the way we will do fun stuff like carry big logs, wade through muddy water, and do countless push-ups and the like. Oh yeah, did I mention that we do all this while wearing a backpack (Ruck sack) with 6 BRICKS inside?
And yes, I paid to do this and it’s going to be AWESOME.
…but hopefully back on track.
Days 9, 10, 11, & 12 were a bust. Short days at work did not allow me to get out to run at lunch and with Jen gone for a few days with David the weekend proved difficult as well. While I stayed active (taking the stairs at work rather than the elevator, etc.), I don’t think I can honestly count these days as fulfilling the quest I set out for. Kind of a bummer.
Day 13 – Monday – This was a day off of work for me and I had high hopes for a traditional workout while the kids were at school and day care. However, a broken car derailed those plans and I instead spent the entire day replacing the front right shock/strut on my 2000 Toyota Camry. This proved to be quite a challenge and a ton of hard work so I think this day long exercise does count – I ended up with a sore back and sore legs. Plus I was able to fix my car!! Bonus – saved about $200 by doing it myself!
Day 14 – Tuesday – Back on track! Sunny and warmer today and I was able to get outside and run. Only 3.18 miles on snow-packed, slushy, wet, and icy trails but it felt good. Based on my heart rate, I’d say my fitness is improving a bit – while my pace is still slow my heart rate is no longer maxed out the entire time. So, some improvement – I’ll take anything I can get.
Day 6 brought a non-running day and super busy day at work. Instead of being able to a normal YMCA workout of some kind, time forced me to take a different route. Being that I work in a 50+ story building, I have no shortage of stairs to climb and I took advantage of that by putting in 20 minutes going up. Good workout and a nice change of pace.
Day 7 was another non-traditional workout. I was planning on running at the fire station after our evening training, but a evening fire in Oakdale changed those plans and I spent most of the evening moving hose and working on a ladder company. This proved to be a solid workout for the night… Here’s some video:
Day 8 allowed me to make it back to the gym and treadmill. In an effort to find some more speed in my running I changed up my standard treadmill run for something a little different. Here is what I did – rather than a run focused on distance I instead focused on time and effort. I started at 6 mph on the treadmill (10:00 min miles) and each minute for 10 minutes went up .1 mph finishing at 6.9 mph – after the 10:00 minutes, I reset back down to 6.0 and started working back up again. Doing this allowed me to average a 9:19 pace for the 30:00 minutes and finish 3.22 miles – this is a big improvement over past efforts. This was hard but doable.
I had planned on getting up early and running first thing this morning. That didn’t happen so it forced me to get a bit creative with fitting in my workout for the day. David (my 8 year old son) had hockey in Hudson from 5:30 to 7:45 pm so I helped him get ready to skate, watched him for a bit, and then headed over to the Hudson YMCA for a short run on the treadmill. I watched an episode of the Walking Dead while I ran and I felt pretty good. Pace is getting better. LINK TO WORKOUT
See you on the road!
Ran in the rain today. This actually proved to be a nice change from the sleet, snow, and cold that has been the normal so far this spring. It was about 50 degrees and, while I still wore my coat and long sleeved shirt, I was quite comfortable even with the steady rain.
I also ran an entirely new route today. I’m sure at some point I’ve run something similar to this route, I don’t think I’ve every run this EXACT route, so that made it kind of fun and interesting. You can see it the route I took in the screen shot I included from Endomondo.com below. LINK TO WORKOUT
Another thing I did differently today was that rather than listening to music like I normally do, I instead listened to a fitness focused podcast. The podcast I listened to today was from Rich Roll, endurance athlete and author of Finding Ultra, and included an interview with Brian Mackenzie of CrossFit Endurance fame. While I haven’t finished the whole thing yet, it proved to be a good listen while I ran – both interesting and informative covering two topics that I enjoy – CrossFit and running. I highly recommend the Rich Roll podcast and if you are inclined to listen, you can find it here.
I clearly need to adjust my training plan a bit moving forward. I am not as far along with my fitness as my training plan thinks I am – I’m getting better, but I have a ways to go.
See you on the road!
Hit the treadmill today at the downtown YMCA. Pace was better and I pushed myself pretty hard, but I think my training plan is ahead of my actual training – I need to get my fitness caught up with my plan.